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Painting This Angel Boosted My Immune System


Angels Among Us Angel

Thrift Store Angel by JoAnne Silvia

I was sure I was coming down with a cold. Extra congestion with body aches signaled the onset. But I was determined to get started on the angel.

I’ve been saying “I’m supposed to be painting angels,” for a couple years. When a new thrift store,  “Angels Among Us,” opened near my neighborhood, I started to think about painting an angel on the side of their building. So I got some scrap wood and practiced by painting the angel sculpture  in their store.


Angel in Green Dress by JoAnne Silvia

Then I used the other side of the scrap of wood to experiment.


Angel with Mary and Joseph by JoAnne Silvia

Angel Heart

Close up of the angel guiding the holy couple, by JoAnne Silvia (after I added the heart light)


Santa Music Box

I still have a little more green to paint on the pink ribbon.

During this time of contemplating angels,  I started painting a wind up musical PINK robed Santa Clause I bought at our church yard sale, because he played “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and I wanted to paint his robe red. Who ever heard of a pink Santa? Working on this simple project helped me realize how much I love painting, coloring, and making art of any kind.



So, Saturday, in spite of feeling congested and achy, I bought the paint and went to “Angels Among Us,” a place where they they give away extra gloves and hats to kids. And they always have a free box outside. Here’s their Facebook page:

I discovered how to use the existing rough white background instead of white paint to create highlights. But even cooler than that, was how my cold symptoms went away when I got in the painting zone. I didn’t even notice that it was getting cold as the sun moved toward the horizon. I live in the south, so by cold, I mean below 65 degrees. The wind chill might have been close to 60 by the time I finished for the day.  But my cold symptoms were gone!

I could tell my body was fighting something off. Painting was, and is, my tonic. Okay, I took a little echinacea, but the natural high of making art was what really kicked that virus’ butt.  I’m convinced.

Painting the thrift store angel wasn’t all smooth sailing. I couldn’t get her hands right. Then after getting the basic form on the first day, I stepped back and saw that one arm was clearly longer than the other, and one wing was way smaller than the other. So today, I took some vacation time from my job to fix her and give her a halo.

Even though painting this angel on the side of the building had it’s challenges, it was exciting and fulfilling. It felt right to be doing what I was supposed to be doing.

Painting is coming back home to my soul. It’s about time.

Angels Among Us store

Next, I hope to work on the sign. I can’t wait!

My mom, who passed away a few years ago, collected angels. I wonder if she had anything to do with this. I think she’s smiling.


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

10 thoughts on “Painting This Angel Boosted My Immune System

  1. This is just so lovely! and I’m sure she’s smiling with real angels from above :))

  2. Reblogged this on Loving Me, Too and commented:

    Doing something you love, something that feeds you soul, can boost your immune system. What do you need to make time for?

  3. This is lovely, JoAnne. Consider Bee Pollen, too, if you’re not allergic to it.

  4. I love this! I wish that I had that kind of talent. 🙂

  5. I’m sorry to take so long to get back to you to say: Thank you! For some reason, I’m not getting messages about all my comments. Anyway, Talent is like intelligence. There are many different kinds. You have talent too, like teaching, among others. We all have gifts to share. Thank you for sharing your journey and your Grace. When I read your blog, I get the feeling that no matter what happens, I will get through it with God’s help.

  6. I love this post…and I know exactly what you are talking about! Artistic expression. matter the form…lives in my soul. If I am not creating something I am so blocked! I’m glad I landed here…on Christmas morning! Many blessings to you ❤

    • I’m finding how much making art feeds my soul, and it feels so good when some one knows exactly what that means! I’m glad you landed here too! Merry Christmas and blessings in the year ahead!

  7. Angels are winged messengers who lift our spirits with the Holy Spirit, JoAnna. I loved your angle protecting and guiding Mother Mary and Joseph. Your mother is certainly pleased with your thrift store angel, too. ❤ 😇

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